Section: Linux User's Manual (1)
Updated: JULY 2018
tapestat - Report tape statistics.
tapestat [ -k | -m ] [ -t ] [ -V ] [ -y ] [ -z ] [ --human ] [
command is used for monitoring the activity of tape drives connected to a system.
The first report generated by the
command provides statistics
concerning the time since the system was booted, unless the
option is used, when this first report is omitted.
Each subsequent report
covers the time since the previous report.
parameter specifies the amount of time in seconds between
parameter can be specified in conjunction with the
parameter. If the
parameter is specified, the value of
determines the number of reports generated at
seconds apart. If the
parameter is specified without the
command generates reports continuously.
report provides statistics for each tape drive connected to the system.
The following data are displayed:
The number of reads issued expressed as the number per second averaged over the interval.
kB_read/s | MB_read/s
The number of writes issued expressed as the number per second averaged over the interval.
kB_wrtn/s | MB_wrtn/s
The amount of data read expressed in kilobytes (by default or if option -k used) or
megabytes (if option -m used) per second averaged over the interval.
The amount of data written expressed in kilobytes (by default or if option -k used) or
megabytes (if option -m used) per second averaged over the interval.
Read percentage wait - The percentage of time over the interval spent waiting for read requests
The time is measured from when the request is dispatched to the SCSI mid-layer until it signals
that it completed.
Write percentage wait - The percentage of time over the interval spent waiting for write requests
to complete. The time is measured from when the request is dispatched to the SCSI mid-layer until
it signals that it completed.
Overall percentage wait - The percentage of time over the interval spent waiting for any
I/O request to complete (read, write, and other).
The number of I/Os, expressed as the number per second averaged over the interval, where
a non-zero residual value was encountered.
The number of I/Os, expressed as the number per second averaged over the interval, that
were included as "other". Other I/O includes ioctl calls made to the tape driver and
implicit operations performed by the tape driver such as rewind on close
(for tape devices that implement rewind on close). It does not include any I/O performed
using methods outside of the tape driver (e.g. via sg ioctls).
Print sizes in human readable format (e.g. 1.0k, 1.2M, etc.)
The units displayed with this option supersede any other default units (e.g.
kilobytes, sectors...) associated with the metrics.
Show the amount of data written or read in kilobytes per second instead of megabytes.
This option is mutually exclusive with -m.
Show the amount of data written or read in megabytes per second instead of kilobytes.
This option is mutually exclusive with -k.
Display time stamps. The time stamp format may depend
on the value of the S_TIME_FORMAT environment variable (see below).
Print version and exit.
Omit the initial statistic showing values since boot.
to omit output for any tapes for which there was no activity
during the sample period.
It is possible for a percentage value (read, write, or other) to be greater than 100 percent
command will never show a percentage value more than 999).
If rewinding a tape takes 40 seconds where the interval time is 5 seconds the %Oa value
would show as 0 in the intervals before the rewind completed and then show as approximately
800 percent when the rewind completes.
Similar values will be observed for %Rd and %Wr if a tape drive stops reading or writing
and then restarts (that is it stopped streaming). In such a case you may see the r/s or w/s drop to zero and the %Rd/%Wr value could be higher than 100 when reading or writing continues
(depending on how long it takes to restart writing or reading).
This is only an issue if it happens a lot as it may cause tape wear and will impact
on the backup times.
For fast tape drives you may see low percentage wait times.
This does not indicate an issue with the tape drive. For a slower tape drive (e.g. an older
generation DDS drive) the speed of the tape (and tape drive) is much slower than filesystem I/O,
percent wait times are likely to be higher. For faster tape drives (e.g. LTO) the percentage
wait times are likely to be lower as program writing to or reading from tape is going
to be doing a lot more filesystem I/O because of the higher throughput.
Although tape statistics are implemented in the kernel using atomic variables they cannot be
read atomically as a group. All of the statistics values are read from different files under
/sys, because of this there may be I/O completions while reading the different files for the
one tape drive. This may result in a set of statistics for a device that contain some values
before an I/O completed and some after.
This command uses rounding down as the rounding method when calculating per second statistics.
If, for example, you are using dd to copy one tape to another and running
with an interval of 5 seconds and over the interval there were 3210 writes and 3209 reads
then w/s would show 642 and r/s 641 (641.8 rounded down to 641). In such a case if it was
a tar archive being copied (with a 10k block size) you would also see a difference between
the kB_read/s and kB_wrtn/s of 2 (one I/O 10k in size divided by the interval period of 5
seconds). If instead there were 3210 writes and 3211 reads both w/s and r/s would both show
642 but you would still see a difference between the kB_read/s and kB_wrtn/s values of 2 kB/s.
This command is provided with an interval in seconds. However internally the interval is
tracked per device and can potentially have an effect on the per second statistics reported.
The time each set of statistics is captured is kept with those statistics. The difference
between the current and previous time is converted to milliseconds for use in calculations.
We can look at how this can impact the statistics reported if we use an example of a tar
archive being copied between two tape drives using dd. If both devices reported 28900 kilobytes
transferred and the reading tape drive had an interval of 5001 milliseconds and the writing
tape drive 5000 milliseconds that would calculate out as 5778 kB_read/s and 5780 kB_wrtn/s.
The impact of some retrieving statistics during an I/O completion, rounding down, and small differences in the interval period on the statistics calculated should be minimal but may be non-zero.
command takes into account the following environment variables:
When this variable is set, display statistics in color on the terminal.
Possible values for this variable are
(the latter is the default).
Please note that the color (being red, yellow, or some other color) used to display a value
is not indicative of any kind of issue simply because of the color. It only indicates different
ranges of values.
Specify the colors and other attributes used to display statistics on the terminal.
Its value is a colon-separated list of capabilities that defaults to
Supported capabilities are:
SGR (Select Graphic Rendition) substring for percentage values greater than or equal to 75%.
SGR substring for tape names.
SGR substring for percentage values in the range from 50% to 75%.
SGR substring for non-zero statistics values.
SGR substring for zero values.
If this variable exists and its value is
then the current locale will be ignored when printing the date in the report
command will use the ISO 8601 format (YYYY-MM-DD) instead.
The timestamp displayed with option -t will also be compliant with ISO 8601
filesystem must be mounted for
to work. It will not work on kernels that do not have sysfs support
This command requires kernel version 4.2 or later
(or tape statistics support backported for an earlier kernel version).
Statistics files for tape devices.
contains system uptime.
Initial revision by Shane M. SEYMOUR (shane.seymour <at> hpe.com)
Modified for sysstat by Sebastien Godard (sysstat <at> orange.fr)